Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor has expressed his interest in stepping into the boxing ring with the undisputed super-middleweight king, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Conor, known for his ventures into the sweet science, previously faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. Despite losing to Mayweather via a 10th-round TKO, McGregor’s passion for boxing remains strong.
Recently, during a media scrum with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, Conor openly discussed his desire to potentially take on Canelo in a future bout, indicating his ongoing itch to lace up the boxing gloves once again.
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“I saw [John] Ryder, I’m a southpaw, Ryder was a southpaw, Billy Joe [Saunders] was a southpaw,” McGregor said. “I’ve seen methods, I’ve seen things I do, and I know he’s waning. I would fight Canelo no f***ing problem, yeah?”
Conor, the former two-division UFC champion, has been keeping himself busy by filming season 31 of the popular reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter.” In this upcoming season, McGregor will take on the role of a coach, standing opposite to Michael Chandler.
Conor McGregor gears up for a potential return to the Octagon
Fans eagerly anticipate the clash between the two coaches, which is expected to take place sometime this year. However, even UFC President Dana White is uncertain about the current status of this highly anticipated matchup.
McGregor’s eligibility to compete has become a point of contention between him and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), as his absence from the testing pool has caused confusion regarding when he can officially make his return to the Octagon.
The situation remains unresolved, leaving both McGregor and fans in a state of uncertainty.
After a triumphant undisputed title defense against John Ryder in Mexico, Canelo Alvarez is riding high on his recent victory. Securing a unanimous decision win, Canelo’s focus now shifts to a highly desired rematch against WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol.
In their previous encounter in May 2022, Canelo suffered a defeat at the hands of Dmitry. Eager to avenge his loss, Alvarez has expressed his interest in facing Bivol once more.
However, while Bivol now aims to compete for Alvarez’s titles instead, the Mexican boxing sensation has made it clear that he insists on the fight taking place at the 175-pound weight limit once again.
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